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Ruby cherry plum trees

Prunus x cerasifera
Ruby

Ruby produces perhaps the largest fruit of any Cherry Plum. The flesh is dark red and has a peach-like flavour, and can be eaten fresh although like all mirabelles and cherry plums it is mainly used for cooking.

The fruits ripen towards the end of July in southern England. They are clingstone - the flesh sticks to the stone. However the very large size of the fruits means this is not really an issue for use in the kitchen.

Ruby grows with a very upright (almost columnar) habit and is therefore a good choice if space is limited.

Hybrids between various plum species are quite common, and the large fruit size and red-flesh suggests that Ruby may have some relation to the popular Japanese plums.

Ruby cherry plum trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree VVA-1 rootstock £43.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £42.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £22.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £32.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year half-standard bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £37.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

As well as the pollination partners mentioned above, Ruby will also cross-pollinate with most early-flowering Plum and Damson varieties.

The large fruit size and heavy cropping can cause the branches to break under the load, so we recommend thinning the crop or making sure the branches are supported.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Ruby characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • Food usesCulinary
  • Cling-stoneClingstone

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group1
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • VigourVigorous
  • Bearing regularityRegular

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of originUkraine
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourRed